Yellow Fever Mosquito Detected in California

Yellow Fever Mosquito Detected in California

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FRESNO (AP/KTTV) - A mosquito capable of transmitting deadly yellow fever, dengue and other diseases has been detected in California.

Vector control agents are now scrambling to control the so-called yellow mosquito's spread.

Tim Phillips of the Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District says the bugs first were detected in the Central Valley communities of Madera and Clovis in June. "It is new and is beginning to invade California," says Phillips. They were found this week in the city of Fresno.

The brown mosquitoes with white markings bite during the day, prefer humans and need only a teaspoon of water to lay eggs to reproduce.

"In order for (the mosquito) to carry the disease it needs to bite someone with the disease," says Phillips.

So far none of the mosquitoes that have been trapped have carried diseases.

The mosquitoes acquire yellow fever and dengue from infected humans and then transfer them to other people.

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